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Cons battery life only 5 min loss of control and fell when only 10' away ONE STAR ONLY BUT MY PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS OF REVIEW DID NOT GO THROUGH
Summary ONE STAR ONLY BUT MY PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS OF REVIEW DID NOT GO THROUGH ONE STAR ONLY BUT MY PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS OF REVIEW DID NOT GO THROUGH ONE STAR ONLY BUT MY PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS OF REVIEW DID NOT GO THROUGH ONE STAR ONLY BUT MY PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS OF REVIEW DID NOT GO THROUGH
Avoid this product.
Not worth the hassle for the potential hazard. Lost signal control 10' above my head and it veered away towards residential homes until in settled on a roof. Next day, same thing happened and it fell on the ground damaged !. Now you have to pay for shipping and "they will determine if it's a warranty problem" - give me a break.
Pros -Quick to get used to -Made to be safe -Can be modified
Cons -Probably going to have to replace parts fairly often -Have to mod it to use it with an actual controller
Summary It's does exactly what it's supposed to, it's priced a little high for what you get out of the box. Yet the potential past that does give it the value. It's pretty fun out of the box, need a pretty big or open house to use it indoors though. Overall it's not bad at all :)
Cons Range is limited by wifi, and it's a bit expensive compared to hobby level RC kit
Summary I found this to be a fun way to get into the RC chopper hobby. I will probably mod this to run off my 2.4ghz controller for more range tho. The unit is fairly resilient to crashes and stands up well to abuse.
Pros Easy to use app to control the drone, very stable while hovering. video is ok but not great can't expect much over wifi. Easy to fix if broke anything. And repair parts are cheap. I love this thing
Cons Not much really to say bad about it. If i was to pick something it would be the AP from the AR guys doesn't let you record on Android platform.
Summary Love this thing, to bad i have to much stuff and little house to play indoors, but when i want go outside im to tired from work, but ive been playing alot of it lately and i just love this thing. i have not tried the Paid aps that you can do with the drone. But im looking into it and find other drone flyers out there and race someday or just having fun.
Pros fun to fly - Very easy and fast to learn Camera is ok but it's low rez.
Cons battery lasts 15 min takes 80-90 min to charge parts wear out fast
Summary Unit is not very sturdy I kept the hight restriction on after 1 hour of flying time. I got use to the controls and took the hight off. It is pretty easy to fly without crashing. You really can't use it when there any wind at all which is understandable because it's so light. I would recommend keeping the height restriction on as when a brass bushing stared to wear out and after only a few hours of running, it caused the motors to stop and the unit crashed from about 30 feet good this it was on grass. which is probably the best to fly on anyway. After 2 X 30 foot crashes onto grassy area motor and 2 gears broke. I spent $200 on parts and a extra battery. Now the whole crossbar needs to be be replaced. Just because a brass bushing has worn out with under 3 hours of operation More money on parts now and about a 1.5 hour repair job . This unit is build too cheap for the cost of it. I will have spent more time fixing than flying. If you like to tinker and spend time fixing rather than flying this is for you. But for anyone who does not want to tinker - you should probably not buy it.
Pros Easy to control and fly Extra batteries are cheaper then most R/C devices Large software/hardware modding community TONS of fun
Cons Included instructions are pretty basic. Tall grass can make for unstable hovering Maybe too intuitive -- When you fly over obstacles it will adjust its hight to whatever is under it. A bit expensive for someone on the fence about buying one large mod community means there are some poorly functioning pieces of 3rd party software out there. Even if you go to an empty field, the minute you start flying it, people will start showing up.
Summary I've had the AR.Drone for awhile now, and have flown it quite a bit. If you're considering purchasing one, i'd recommend at least 1 extra battery, 2 more would be even better.
I found that for me the first battery is used more for warming up -- ie) getting used to the conditions I'm flying in, and once I'm on the second battery I'm comfortable doing faster and heigher flights.
The box has a landing pad on the back of it, use it -- it helps the bottom sensors keep the drone level on lift-off.
As you will read online, tall grass can be an issue for the drone, basically, what will happen is when you come to a stop or when you first take off and slowly drift off the launch pad the ground sensors get a bit confused and can make the drone pop up and down a bit or it drift slowly away until it figures out the ground is flat. While you're moving the drone, it's not an issue as your in control, but when you let go of the controls, the drone can have issues in high grass.
What works for me is turning the drone pitch (speed) and vertical speed almost down to nothing when first taking off. The drone has great controls for setting the speed. If your in a slow speed, it's also a great way to learn the basics of flight. Whats nice in the freeflight app (the main flying app)is thatyou can at any time go into the settings and turn up the speeds. So what I'll do is take off with stuff set low and once I see everything is good, I crank the settings up and fly around.
Avoid wind until you know what your doing.. The drone can handle a bit of wind, but it does change how it moves around.
The 'indoor' hullcan be used outdoors as well, you can tell the drone your flying outdoors, but not using the outdoor hull. It cuts down on the flight time a bit, but it gives you a little more protection until your confortable.
Oddly enough, while the sensor may have problems flying over long grass, it still can tell when you get past the 12 foot heigh limit (can be disabled in settings)and will not allow it to accend past that.
On the other hand, my biggest problem -- and im learning to not freak out as much about it.. is that the drone senses it's height well enough that when your flying 5 feet on a flat field and fly over a 4 foot wall, it will automatically jump up 5 feet when it gets over the wall since it thinks the ground is higher. I had a flight where I flew over the ground at ~8 feet then flew over my truck and it jumped another 8 feet into the air, then at that height it flew over the house roof.. jumped another 8 feet in the air, and then flew over some trees and jumped another 8 feet. Fun Times. The best advice when it starts getting away from you is to just calm down and figure out the best way to get it back.. The emergency button works.. but it kills the engines and it falls like a brick back to the ground. If you have a clear flying area, just guide it back to you.
It can lift a gopro camera when flying, but the controls feel a bit sticky. Before you go hooking a camera up to it, make sure you can handle the drone.
I'd recommend this to anyone who has wanted to get into R/C but has had a fear of crashing, or the heigh cost of a good R/C heli. The drone is so easy to fly, and if you let go of the controls, it automatically stops and hovers.
Pros Fun, easier to fly that the electric helicopters with gyros.
Cons expensive, not always stable
Summary I'm surprised there is only one interview.
We've had the AR Drone for about a month now, and have the following comments:
1) The AR Drone can sometimes be unstable after take off.. even inside on a hard surface (so no ultrasonic issues). When this happens, it can cost you money.
2) In the daylight, I find it very hard to use any video to fly it and rely solely on visual flying.
3) Its best purchased with extra batteries. We bought 3 more (4 total) so we can get close to an hour of flying.
4) Its unfortunate they never came up with something stronger than the styrofoam shell to guard the propellers from hitting anything. It doesn't take much to damage it.
5) Sometimes I found the ultrasonic detectors unstable over grass... which is usually the case if you fly it in large school playgrounds. Flying it on asphalt or harder surfaces will mean more damage if you crash it (and you will).
6) I had the IPAD overheat once (very surprised) when flying the drone which totally shut everything down.
7) I'm afraid to go too high for fear I may lose the drone... that being said, it stresses the need to fly in a large clear area.
So we're into this about $450 after getting 3 extra batteries. That does make an expensive toy, and since I do see it become very unstable at times, I'm hesitant to let it get to far from me.
Summary The AR Drone is completely awesome! That being said, there was an issue with the firmware, specifically 1.7.4 The drone would not lift off properly, due to a couple of gears not spinning properly. I thought this was a product issue, but no! So before you decide to return it, make sure you try older versions of the firmware.
The AR.Drone remote-control quadricopter is a groundbreaking device combining the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming, and augmented reality. The AR.Drone is remote-controlled by an iPhone and features a number of sensors, including a front camera, vertical camera, and an ultrasound altimeter. The AR.Drone can also be used in video games, such as AR.FlyingAce, a dogfight between two AR.Drones.
The First Quadricopter Controlled by iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Control with Your Apple Device Thanks to its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The Parrot AR.Drone The AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
High-technology Sensors Offer Simple Piloting A mix of captors, wide-angle camera, high-speed camera and MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems), accelerometer, gyro sensors, and ultrasound sensor combine with a powerful on-board computer to make piloting the AR.Drone easy. Simply use your iPhone or iPod touch, and just tilt and touch to control the AR.Drone.
Connect and See The Parrot AR.Drone generates its own Wi-Fi network to which you connect your iPod touch or iPhone to control. The front camera view is streamed to your piloting device display.
Autopilot The AR.Drone autopilot allows easy takeoff and landing. After takeoff, autopilot stabilizes the AR.Drone at an 80-centimeter altitude. When you remove your finger from the iPhone/iPod touch, the autopilot function automatically puts the AR.Drone into stationary flight. Lost connection with the AR.Drone? Autopilot takes over again and stabilizes the device before attempting a soft and safe landing.
Fly time: 12 minutes
3-cell lithium polymer battery
Capacity: 1000 mAh
Charge time: 90 minutes
4 x 15 W electric brushless motors (3,500 rpm)
Carbon tube structure
VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera
93-degree wide-angle lens
15 fps video
QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS)
64-degree diagonal lens
60 fps video
Range: 6 m
Emission frequency: 40 kHz
Internal guidance system
MEMS (micro electro mechanical system)
1-axis yaw precision gyroscope
ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz
128 MB DDR RAM
Size: 28 x 28 inches with hull; 29 x 11 inches without
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